Updates from Johnson County Community College: New Plumbing Technology program

This fall, Johnson County Community College will host the first state plumbing technology program.

We are proud to announce that JCCC is hosting Kansas’s first sanitary technology program. Starting this fall, students can start a rewarding career by earning their plumbing technology certificate in just two semesters!

“JCCC will be the first college in Kansas to offer a plumbing technology program to college and college-age students. Plumbers are in great demand and the wages are extremely good, ”said Richard Fort, Dean, Industrial Technology Division.


The demand for trained installers is expected to increase significantly over the next ten years. With the JCCC program, students have the basis for a sought-after career

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for professional plumbers is expected to increase by nearly 15% over the next decade. JCCC’s small, practical courses cover the basics of plumbing in residential and commercial areas. Students learn how to:

  • Install, maintain and repair plumbing fixtures and systems
  • Read the plumbing plans and make estimates
  • Requirements for the dimensioning of drain, waste and ventilation (DWV)

Throughout the program, students will put their knowledge into practice with interactive labs and hands-on experience, including an internship as part of the curriculum.

All courses are held in our state-of-the-art Hugh L. Libby Career and Technical Training Center (CTEC) and are taught by instructors with years of industry experience. The Plumbing Technology program is an example of JCCC’s commitment to bringing a highly skilled workforce to today’s businesses.

“Our plumbing lab in the brand new Career and Technical Training Center couldn’t be a better place to learn all of the plumbing basics you need to know,” said Howard Hendren, Associate Professor, HVAC.

Education on your time

Students can take advantage of the flexible planning at JCCC. We offer two options to complete the plumbing technology certificate:

  • Attend school full-time and complete the certificate in two semesters
    Take evening classes and complete them in two years while working full-time

With the present certificate for sanitary technology, the students can work as trainees in order to perfect their skills in the profession. This important experience opens the door to supervisory positions as well as the opportunity to learn what it takes to own and run a small business.

Take the next step

Plumbing engineering students leave JCCC with more than one plumbing education. The program’s advisory board connects students with local businesses early in the process for an unparalleled employment advantage. So what are you waiting for? Sign up today!

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